I’ve only been in Utah for less than a day and already found (rather by accident, as it was not listed on my Utah roadmaps) a terrific ancient site. Here’s how I described it last night in a message to my husband:
Earlier today, driving down to Utah from Nevada, I took a back road on the suggestion of a vague sign pointing to “petroglyphs” and found a stunning rock pass full of subtle ancient rock-art. Imagine the ancient natives who chipped the drawings into the black “desert varnish” surface of the ancient rocks! There were more recent traveler’s attempts at mark-making as well — initials and dates from the 1890s to the 1980s. Really awe-inspiring. I’d have stayed around there overnight (considered it!!) but the wind was gusting hard enough to make me want something heavy to hold onto, and snowclouds were descending in the distance once again.
Here are a few photos from Parowan Gap. For more info, see: http://www.utah.com/playgrounds/parowan_gap.htm